So-called “hate speech” laws imperil America’s prolific creative output

So-called “hate speech” laws will not eradicate hate as promised by its chief supporter.  Instead they will institutionalize it.

FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION IS ESSENTIAL TO THE UNIQUE CREATIVE OUTPUT OF AMERICA.  IT CONTAINS NO CARVE-OUT FOR “HATE SPEECH.”  IN FACT, SPEECH DEEMED OFFENSIVE, INSULTING, DISREPECTFUL, HATEFUL AND WHAT SOME MAY DEEM “BLASHEMOUS” ARE THE VERY TYPES OF SPEECH THAT REQUIRE CONSTITUTIONAL PROTECTION FROM GOVERNMENT INTRUSION.

As I was watching “X-Men: Apocalypse” I found myself in awe of the sheer creativity behind such a grand and ambitious undertaking.  I reflect often on the uniquely prolific creative production that comes from America.  Across every area of human affairs America produces such ambitious undertakings on a scale that defies peer or even comparison.  America is the world’s GREAT STORY TELLER.

Among countless other reasons MANY come here for the simple yet profound and rare FREEDOM TO TELL THEIR STORY HERE BECAUSE THEY CAN’T TELL IT “THERE.”  Story tellers are SILENCED AROUND THE WORLD AND FORBIDDEN FROM TELLING THEIR STORIES BY GOVERNMENTS USING VARIOUS “HATE SPEECH” LAWS TO SUPPRESS AND DISCOURAGE THE EXPRESSION OF IDEAS.  SUCH SOCIETIES FEAR IDEAS AND THE INDIVIDUAL THINKING BEHIND THEM.  A CREATIVE MIND CAN STRETCH THE BOUNDARIES OF HUMAN IMAGINATION.  THE VERY CONCEPT OF CREATIVITY REQUIRES THAT THE INDIVIDUAL BE FREE TO CREATE THAT WHICH DOES NOT EXIST.  THE ENTIRE WORLD FEASTS ON THE CREATIVE PRODUCT OF AMERICAN’S UNIQUE FREEDOM ON WHICH ALL OTHER FREEDOMS ARE MADE POSSIBLE AND IN THE ABSENCE OF WHICH THERE IS NO TRUE FREEDOM TO BE FOUND.

TO ONE INDIVIDUAL CERTAIN SPEECH, OR AN IDEA, OR A SINGLE WORD, OR A PHRASE, OR A PAINTING, OR A LYRIC, OR A POLITICAL SLOGAN, OR A SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY, OR A TECHNOLOGICAL BREAKTHROUGH, OR A FASHION SHOW, OR A PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBIT, OR A MUSEUM, OR A LIBRARY, OR A TELEVISION SHOW, OR A FILM…OR A NEWSPAPER…OR EVEN A PRIVATE COMMUNICATION BETWEEN INDIVIDUAL CITIZENS…MIGHT BE VIEWED AS PERFECTLY AVERAGE, BENIGN, NO BIG DEAL, OFFENSIVE, THREATENING, BIGGOTED, OFFENSIVE, DISRESPECTFUL, PROVOCATIVE, HATEFUL OR ITS TWIN UNDER ANOTHER NAME:  BLASPHEME.

IT IS IMPOSSIBLE REACH CONSENSUS ON THE CHARACTER OF A SPECIFIC FORM OF SPEECH …EXPRESSION…IDEA…IDEOLOGY… PHILOSOPHY…ART…ATTIRE…BEHAVIOR…RELIGION …AND SPIRITUAL BELIEFS.  IT IS THEREFORE IMPOSSIBLE TO SELECT SPECIFIC SPEECH FOR ELIMINATION AS “HATEFUL” OR “BLASPHEMOUS” WHICH IS NOTHING OUT OF THE ORDINARY FOR MILLIONS OF INDIVIDUALS WHOSE USE OF SUCH SPEECH IS PART OF EVERYDAY ORDINARY LIFE.  THE INEVITABLE AND ONLY POSSIBLE OUTCOME IS THAT CERTAIN SPEECH DEFINED AS “HATEFUL” OR “BLASPHEMOUS” TO ONE INDIVIDUAL (OR AN ENTIRE SOCIETY) TURNS THOSE WHO DISAGREE WITH THAT ASSESSMENT INTO CRIMINALS.

WE STAND ON THE BRINK OF THE ASSASINATION OF THIS FREEDOM…AND WITH IT…THE EXTINCTION OF ALL THE UNBRIDLED CREATIVE PRODUCT THAT SPRINGS FORTH FROM AMERICA’S COMMUNITY OF ARTISTS, FILMMAKERS, RAPPERS, PHOTOGRAPHERS, AUTHORS, JOURNALISTS, ACTIVISTS, ADVOCATES AND THE PROTESTORS ON THE STREETS TODAY WHO EXERCISE THAT FREEDOM TO PROTEST THE VERY RIGHTS BY WHICH THAT FREEDOM IS GRANTED.  IT IS NO EXAGERRATION TO CRYSTALIZE THIS MOVEMENT OF INTOLERANCE DISGUISED AS TOLERANCE AS FOLLOWS:

“WE HERE, EXERCISING OUR UNFETTERED FREEDOM OF SPEECH, DEMAND THAT YOU PASS LAWS THAT WILL ABOLISH THIS FREEDOM.”

ALL FUTURE SUCH PROTESTS…ALL FUTURE POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS…ALL ADVOCACY…ALL ACTIVISM…ALL INDIVIDUAL CHOICE WITH RESPECT TO WHAT TO READ, WHAT TO WATCH, WHAT TO WEAR, HOW TO WORSHIP AND EVEN HOW TO RAISE YOUR FAMILY BECOMES POTENTIAL TARGET BY THOSE IN POWER FOR WHATEVER REASONS THEY MAY HAVE.  BUT UNLIKE THE PROTESTS OF TODAY UNDER WHICH PROTESTORS ENJOY THE PROTECTION OF THE FIRST AMENDMENT, SUCH FUTURE ATTEMPTS TO ALTER POLICY OR CRY OUT IN PROTEST OR SEEK “JUSTICE” WILL BE CRUSHED.  WE KNOW THIS BECAUSE THAT IS THE OUTCOME IN NEARLY EVERY OTHER NATION ON EARTH.

TO POKE EVEN THE TINIEST HOLE IN THIS PROTECTIVE SHIELD AGAINST GOVERNMENT ABUSE SOUNDS THE DEATH KNELL OF FREEDOM TO TELL THE STORIES AND CREATE THE NEW ONES THAT CAN BE TOLD NO PLACE ELSE ON THE EARTH.  WHEREVER GOVERNMENT POSSESSES THE POWER TO PROSECUTE INDIVIDUALS FOR THEIR VIEWS, OPINIONS, IDEAS OR CREATION OF EVERY VARIETY TYRANY RULES OVER A LANDSCAPE BARREN OF THIS CREATIVITY.  STANDING IN PLACE OF THESE THINGS THAT WE VALUE SO GREATLY THERE IS FEAR… ENFORCED CONFORMITY… PERSECUTION…SUPPRESSION… SURVEILANCE… …INTIMIDATION…PUNISHMENT AND DEATH.  IN SUCH SOCIETIES EVERY WORD UTTERED OR WRITTEN AND EVERY ACTION TAKEN (A FORM OF “EXPRESSION”) COULD CONSTITUTE A CRIME FOR WHICH YOU MIGHT BE PROSECUTED.

NEW IDEAS AND CREATIVE INNOVATION IN SUCH SOCIETIES IS STAGNANT BECAUSE THE INVIDUAL IS UNCERTAIN AND HENCE FEARFUL THAT WHAT THEY MAKE PUBLIC COULD BE PROSECUTED AS A CRIMINAL OFFENSE.  ACROSS MOST OF THE WORLD ENTIRE SOCIETIES STRIVE NOT TO SUPPORTIVE ENVIRONMENTS WHERE NEW IDEAS AND CREATIVITY MAY FLOURISH BUT INSTEAD UTILIZE THE AWESOME POWER OF GOVERNMENT TO SILENCE IT!

BOOKS ARE NOT BANNED IN AMERICA…THEY ARE WRITTEN.  MOVIES ARE NOT BANNED IN AMERICA…THEY ARE PRODUCED IN THE THOUSANDS.  THE LIST OF CREATIVE OUTPUT GOES ON FOR DAYS AND ALL OF IT…ALL OF IT SHUTS DOWN IF EVEN A SINGLE FORM OF EXPRESSION IS DECLARED ILLEGAL.

THERE ARE SOCIETIES THAT FEAR IDEAS.  THESE SOCIETIES ARE GUIDED NOT BY WHAT’S BEST FOR THEIR PEOPLE…BUT INSTEAD WITHOUT FAIL THEY AIM AT THE SINGLE GOAL OF MAINTAINING ABSOLUTE POWER.  PROHIBITIONS ON SPEECH…RELIGIOUS PRACTICES… CULTURAL TRADITIONS AND ORDINARY DAILY PRACTICES SUCH AS DRIVING A CAR OR LEARNING HOW TO READ AND MANY MORE ARE THE OPEN GATE THROUGH WHICH TYRANNY ENTERS THE REALM OF CREATIVE FREEDOM AND CRUSHES ANYTHING THAT IT DEEMS INIMICABLE TO THE ONLY REAL GOAL OF LEADERSHIP:  TO MAINTAIN POWER.

LAWS PROHIBITING IDEAS ARE USED BY GOVERNMENTS TO ELIMINATE DISSENT…OPPOSITION…THREATS BOTH REAL AND MANUFACTURED TO THEIR RULE… UNTIL EVERY ASPECT OF HUMAN AFFAIRS FALLS UNDER THEIR JURISDICTION.  ONCE THESE LAWS TAKE EFFECT…THERE IS NO POSSIBILITY OF ALTERING OR REVOKING THEM BECAUSE THE PEOPLE OF THAT SOCIETY HAVE GRANTED GOVERNMENT THE AUTHORITY IT NEEDS TO CRACK DOWN ANY EFFORTS TO DO SO.  SUCH SPEECH HENCEFORTH FALLS UNDER THE DEFINITION OF AN EVER GROWING AND LOOSELY INTERPRETED BODY OF “SPEECH” LAWS TO THE POINT WHERE VIRTUALLY ANY COMMUNICATION (REAL OR ALLEGED) MIGHT WIND UP TURNING THAT INDIVIDUAL INTO A CRIMINAL.

IN SUCH SOCIETIES…ALL PEACEFUL AVENUES OF COMMUNICATION ARE BLOCKED.  THE ESSENTIAL, VIBRANT AND DYNAMIC PUBLIC CONVERSATION THAT OCCURS IN AMERICA IS SINGULARLY UNIQUE.  IT IS A SOCIETY FILLED WITH CONFLICT BECAUSE CONFLICT AND FREEDOM GO HAND IN HAND.  TO LIMIT THE CONTENT OF THAT CONVERSATION EVEN IN A MINUTE WAY IS TO CREATE THE OPPORTUNITY OF THOSE IN POWER TO USE THAT VERY PUBLIC CONVERSATION TO PERSECUTE, PROSECUTE, CONVICT AND INCARCERATE THOSE WHO DARED TO SPEAK THEIR VIEWS.

WHEN SUCH PEACEFUL AVENUES ARE BLOCKED THE GENERAL PUBLIC ARE LEFT ONLY WITH THE OPTION OF VIOLENCE AIMED AT THE OVERTHROW OF THE LEADERSHIP STRUCTURE RULING OVER THEM WITH ABSOLUTE AUTHORITY ARMED WITH A VAST ARSENAL WITH WHICH TO SUPPRESS…CRUSH…SILENCE AND ELIMINATE ANY AND ALL THREATS TO THEIR RULE.  OVER LONG PERIODS OF TIME…THESE DISSENTING VOICES ARE DRIVEN FURTHER AND FURTHER TO THE FRINGES OF HUMANITY UNTIL THEY PUSHED OVER THE EDGE.

LAWS THAT FORBID CERTAIN FORMS OF EXPRESSION ARE BOTH A TOOL OF THOSE IN POWER AS WELL AS A REFLECTION OF THE VALUES THAT DETERMINE WHICH SPECIFIC SPEECH IS TO BE FORBIDDEN.  A SOCIETY THAT PERMITS A GREAT MULTITUDE OF DIFFERENT SETS OF VALUES UNIQUE TO SPECIFIC COMMUNITIES BECOMES INSTEAD A SOCIETY THAT PERMITS ONLY ONE VALUE SYSTEM.  THAT “VALUE SYSTEM” BECOMES THE PLAYTHING OF THE POWER STRUCTURE TO DO WITH WHAT IT WILL IN FURTHERANCE OF ITS ONLY AIM.  IT IS OF NO IMPORTANCE HOW SUCH “VALUE SYSTEMS” ARE DESCRIBED.  WHETHER A SOCIAL THEORY, POLITICAL IDEOLOGY OR RELIGION, THOSE IN POWER CAN NAME IT ANYTHING THEY WANT.   WHAT MATTERS IS THAT THIS “VALUE SYSTEM” IS IMPOSED UPON THAT SOCIETY AS THE ONE AND ONLY APPROVED “VALUE SYSTEM.”  AS SUCH THAT “VALUE SYSTEM” IS NOTHING MORE THAN THE ULTIMATE WEAPON TO BE USED BY SMALL GROUPS OF UNFATHOMABLY POWERFUL MEN TO RULE OVER AND DOMINATE THE LIVES OF THE MASSES.

THE ONLY EFFECTIVE BULWARK AGAINST THE FORCED CONVERSION OF A MULTICULTURAL SOCIETY INTO A STRICTLY CONTROLLED ENVIRONMENT WHERE ONLY A SINGLE “VALUE SYSTEM” IS TOLERATED IS THE ROBUST AND UNMANAGEABLE PUBLIC FORUM WHERE ALL IDEAS AND ALL EXPRESSION ENJOY EQUALLY THE FREEDOM PROVIDED BY LEGAL RESTRICTIONS PLACED NOT ON THE PEOPLE…BUT ON THE GOVERNMENT.  THIS FEATURE…THIS SINGULARLY UNIQUE ABSOLUTE CIVIL RIGHT…LIMITS NOT PUBLIC SPEECH…BUT GOVERNMENT ACTIONS AGAINST MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC BASED ON THE CONTENT OF THAT SPEECH.  THERE IS EITHER ABSOLUTE FREEDOM AND PROTECTION OF ALL EXPRESSION…OR THERE IS NONE.

SO-CALLED “HATE SPEECH” AND CURRENT EFFORTS TO ENACT LAWS AIMED AT SILENCING IT ARE A RUSE.  WITH THE WAVE OF A HAND THIS GREAT FACTORY OF STORY-TELLING CEASES TO EXIST.  PURE CREATIVITY DEMANDS ABSOLUTE FREEDOM SO THAT THE INDIVIDUAL’S THINKING OR ARTISIC PROCESS ENCOUNTERS NO BARRIERS AND NO BOUNDARIES.  TO DENY ACCESS TO EVEN A SPEC OF THE UNIVERSE OF CREATIVE EXPRESSION ALTERS THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE…AFFECTING…INLUENCING…SHAPING… NARROWING…SUPPRESSING…AND THEN SILENCING ALL TOGOTHER.  EVERY SPECK OF THAT CREATIVE UNIVERSE IN CONNECTED TO THE SPACE IMMEDIATELY NEXT TO IT.  SHOULD THAT AJOINGING SPECK BECOME FORBIDDEN AS WELL THEN THE SPACE IN WHICH CREATIVITY MAY SOAR AND JOURNEY AND THRIVE STARTS TO SHRINK SMALLER AND SMALLER AND SMALLER UNTIL THE ONLY THING THAT IS LEFT IS WHAT THOSE IN POWER PERMIT.

THE CHAMPION OF THESE LAWS DECLARES THAT THEY WILL BY FORBIDDING CERTAIN SPEECH ERADICATE HATRED FROM SOCIETY.  GIVEN THE LEVEL OF VIOLENCE AND HATRED IN THOSE SOCIETIES WHERE SUCH LAWS EXIST IN THE HANDS OF ABSLUTE RULERS…ONE IS HARD PRESSED TO IDENTIFY OR PRODUCE A MORE COMPREHENSIVELY LUDICROUS PROPOSITION.

THESE LAWS AIMED AT FORBIDDING “HATE SPEECH” NOT ONLY FAIL UTTERLY IN THEIR STATED PURPOSE OF ERADICATING HATE, THEY SERVE ONLY TO CONCENTRATE POWER IN A VERY SMALL CIRCLE AND BY SILENCING THAT SOCIETY’S CONVERSATION AMPLIFIES IT!

AMERICA IS UNIQUE.  IT IS COMPLICATED.  IT IS BOISTEROUS.  IT IS CLUMSY.  IT IS CLEVER.  IT IS CREATIVE.  IT IS BRILLIANT.  IT IS MESSY.  IT IS ALL OF THESE THINGS BECAUSE IN EXCHANGE ITS PEOPLE ENJOY THE SINGULARLY UNIQUE FREEDOM IN ALL OF HUMAN HISTORY TO EXPRESS ANY IDEA…PAINT ANY PICTURE…PHOTOGRAPH ANY SUBJECT… WRITE ANY BOOK… PROPOSE ANY THOERY… ADVANCE ANY CAUSE… PRACTICE ANY RELIGION … MAKE ANY MOVIE…NO MATTER THE CONTENT OR POINT OF VIEW.  ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE IN AMERICA BECAUSE NO SINGLE THING IS FORBIDDEN.  IT IS UNIQUELY LOUD.  ITS CONVERSATION IS UNIQUELY OPEN AND FRANK…OFTENTIMES HOSTILE AND EVEN WHAT SOME MIGHT INTERPRET AS “RACIST” OR “HATEFUL” OR THE MOST WIDELY USED UMBRELLA TERM FOR BANNED SPEECH “BLASPHEME.”

THIS…FREE FOR ALL…A DEMOLITION DERBY OF IDEAS AND PERSONALITIES…RELIES ABSOLUTELY ON THE ABSENCE OF ANY RULES THAT LIMIT WHAT THE DRIVERS INSIDE THE ARENA MAY DO.  WHILE ON ITS SURFACE THAT MAY SEEM A LITTLE HARSH…BUT WHATEVER HARSHNESS THERE MAY BE…IT IS NEUTRALIZED ITS ENTIREY BY VIRTUE OF ANOTHER UNRESTRAINED RIGHT.  NO PERSON IS REQUIRED TO ENTER AS A CONTESTANT…AND NO CONTESTANT IS PRECLUDED FROM LEAVING THE ARENA FOR A DIFFERENT…ENVIRONMENT.

THEREIN LIES THE ULTIMATE FREEDOM, THE FREEDOM OF CHOICE TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS GRAND DEMOLITION DERBY OF IDEAS AND VALUE SYSTEMS AND PRACTICES AND IDEOLOGIES AND FAITHS…or NOT TO.  THIS DEMOLITION DERBY IS THE ONLY ONE OF ITS KIND…AND EVERY INDIVIDUAL IS FREE TO ENTER…OR TO DEPART FOR CALMER TRAFFIC CONDITIONS.

AMERICA THRIVES ON THE MADNESS AND UNMANAGEABILITY OF WHAT TRANSPIRES INSIDE THE ARENA.  IT IS CHAOTIC…BUT SUCH CHAOS MAKES FOR AN EXCITING SPECTACLE…IT IS THE SPORTS CENTER OF THE WORLD…AND THAT’S WHY EVERYBODY WATCHES…AND WHY SO MANY CHOOSE TO.

THE VERY THING THAT MAKES AMERICA SUCH A PROLIFIC NURSURY FOR NEW IDEAS IS THAT AMERICA IS NOT AFRAID OF IDEAS.  WE ARE FAMILY…WE FIGHT.  THAT’S WHAT FAMILIES DO.  FAMILIES FIGHT…BUT IN LARGE MEASURE…NOBODY LEAVES THE DINNER TABLE BECAUSE THE CONVERATION GETS A LITTLE CHIPPY.  WE ARE FAMILY…WE CAN TAKE IT…WE’RE NOT AFRAID OF HEARING THINGS WE DON’T LIKE.

NOW COMES FORWARD THIS MAN…WHO WOULD HAVE US BELIEVE THAT WE NEED PROTECTION…FROM EACH OTHER.  NOW COMES FORWARD THIS…FRAUD…DECLARING THAT AMERICA IS WEAK…AND AFRAID…OF THE UNRULY AND UNSTRAINED NATURE OF THE DINNER TABLE CONVERSATION.  HE IS AS WELCOME AS ANY NON-FAMILY MEMBER WOULD BE SITTING AT THE TABLE AND LECTURING THEM ABOUT THE NATURE OF THEIR FAMILY DISCUSSION.  SUCH IS THE PERFECT IMAGE TO HAVE IN YOUR MINDS.  IMAGINE YOURSELF AT THE DINNER TABLE WITH THE FAMILY…THE EXTENDED FAMILY…AND THE EXTENDED EXTENDED FAMILY.  IN MY IMAGE IT’S A BLACK FAMILY CUZ…WELL…CUZ.  IMAGINE IN WALK SOME CRACKER…TELLIN YOU THAT THE CONVERSATION IS TOO LOUD…TOO BOISTEROUS…TOO UNRULY…TOO HONEST AND OPEN.  THIS INTERLOPER BEGINS TO WRITE A LIST OF TOPICS AND WORDS THAT HE CLAIMS WILL NO LONGER BE “TOLERATED” AT THE DINNER TABLE…SO THAT WE MIGHT ENJOY A MORE QUIET ENVIRONEMENT.  “IT’S FOR YOU OWN GOOD,” SAYS THIS OUTSIDER.  NEXT HE DRAFTS A DRESS CODE.  A MENU.  AN INVITATION LIST.  PLACE SITTINGS.  HOURS AT WHICH WE MUST DINE.  WHAT WE MAY EAT AND IN WHAT QUANTITY.  THE MUSIC WE LISTEN TO AT DINNER (WHICH GOES FROM ANYTHING WE WANT TO NO MUSIC AT ALL).  THIS…ARROGANT AND PRESUMPTUOUS MAN DRAFTS RULES AS TO WHO CAN SPEAK WITH WHOM.  HE TELLS THE SISTAZ HOW THEY GO HAVE THEIR HAIR DID.  AT THAT POINT…BRUTHAZ DIVE UNDER THE TABLE…CUZ THEY KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT.

THESE “HATE SPEECH” LAWS WILL NOT SERVE THEIR STATED PURPOSE.  THEY WILL IN FACT WORK AGAINST IT.  MORE WORISOME HOWEVER IS WHAT SUCH LAWS CAN AND WILL BE USED FOR.  THEY WILL BE USED BY WHOMEVER HAS THE AUTHORITY TO DEFINE AND ENFORCE THEM…TO ELIMINATE FROM SOCIETY ALL THINGS THAT DO NOT SERVE THE SINGLE PURPOSE OF PRESERVING THE INCUMBANT POWER STRUCTURE.

THIS MAN…WANTS TO CORRAL THE DERBY…FORCE THE DRIVERS OUT OF THEIR CARS…DENY THEM EGRESS…AND FORCE ALL THOSE ON THE OUTSIDE TO EITHER JOIN THE GROUP…OR FACE…TERMINATION.

“HATE” SPEECH COMES IN MANY FORMS AND GOES BY MANY NAMES.  THE SPECIFIC SPEECH SELECTED IS INDICATIVE OF A “VALUE SYSTEM” THAT IN TRUTH SERVES AS A STRAW MAN.  WHATEVER THAT VALUE SYSTEM IS CALLED, WHATEVER THE LEADERS OF THAT SOCIETY CALL THEMSELVES, AND WHAT THE NATURE OF FORBIDDEN SPEECH…IT IS A WEAPON WIELDED BY THE FEW TO RULE OVER THE MANY…FOREVER.

THIS MAN…DISGRACES ARLINGTON CEMETARY AND ALL THE FALLEN WHO HAVE GIVEN EVERYTHING SO THAT HE MIGHT TOO ENJOY THE FREEDOM TO ELIMINATE THAT FREEDOM.  SUCH IS THE ACHILLES HEEL OF FREEDOM…THAT IT MIGHT BE USED AGAINST ITSELF.  WE ARE NOT YET UNDONE BY HIS SCHEME…BUT WE ARE CLOSE…AND WE ARE BEING CONDITIONED TO ACCEPT THE IDEA AND PRACTICE OF SHUTTING DOWN CERTAIN FORMS OF SPEECH THROUGH THE USE OF VIOLENCE.  DO NOT LET HIM SUCCEED…THAT WE MIGHT CONTINUE OUR “LIVELY” DINNER TABLE CONVERSATION…WITHOUT NEED OF OR CONCERN FOR…DINNER TABLE RULES OF ETIQUETTE TO PROTECT US FROM OURSELVES.

IN THE IMAGE ABOVE HIS COMMENTS ARE SHOWN:  “ALL THEY ASK IS THEY BE REMEMBERED.”  THAT MAY WELL BE.  BUT THE TASK…THE DUTY TO DO FAR MORE THAN THAT FALLS UPON US AND WE MUST ANSWER THAT CALL OR ELSE IT WON’T BE ONLY THE MEMORIES THAT FADE AWAY…BUT THE VERY THINGS FOR WHICH THOSE FALLEN GAVE THEIR LIVES.  TO DO ANY LESS WOULD BE A DISGRACE…AND A SHAME WITH WHICH I COULD NOT ABIDE MY OWN COMPANY IN THIS LIFE OR THE NEXT.

THE FIRST AMENDMENT IS NOT DESIGNED TO PREVENT WE THE PEOPLE” FROM EXPRESSING OURSELVES.  IT IS INSTEAD INTENDED AND HAS TO THIS DAY SUCCEEDING IN PREVENTING OUR GOVERNMENT FROM “PROTECTING US” FROM OUR OWN IDEAS…OUR OWN CONVERSATION…FROM OURSELVES.  IT HAS SERVED ITS PURPOSE AND WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO FOR AS LONG AS THOSE WHO INHERIT IT TAKE UPON THEMSELVES THE DUTY THE PROTECT IT.  THAT TASK IS BEST ACHIEVED BY DOING THE VERY THING THAT IT IS DESIGNED TO PROTECT.  AMERICA IS THAT CONVERSATION…THAT DEMOLITION DERBY OF IDEAS AND EXPRESSION.  IT’S NOT ONLY SPECIAL AND UNIQUE…IT IS THE FIRST, ONLY AND LAST OF ITS KIND.  TO LOSE IT…AND RELINQUISH THESE GIFTS OF FREEDOM SO HARD FOUGHT AND WON WOULD BE ONE THING ON THE BATTLEFIELD…WHICH IS THE ONLY PLACE WHERE IT MIGHT PROPERLY BE CHALLENGED FOR ITS EXISTENCE.  BUT THIS?  FROM THIS MAN?  I CAN’T DO IT…AND I’LL EXERCISE MY FREEDOM TO PREVENT THAT IGNOBLE OUTCOME UNTIL EITHER FREEDOM PREVAILS…OR HE DOES.  NOT NOW.  NOT…HIM.

ON THIS MEMORIAL DAY…HONORING THE MANY BRAVE SOULS WHO FELL THAT WE MIGHT STAND…WE MUST TAKE IT UPON OURSELVES TO STAND IN DEFENSE OF WHAT WAS GIVEN TO US…AND SECURE THIS PRECIOUS BIRTHRIGHT FOR THE NEXT AND ALL FUTURE GENERATIONS.

GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AND…

PROTECT HER FROM THIS ASPIRING TYRANT SEEKING UNDER FALSE PRETENSE TO SILENCE HER BEAUTIFUL VOICE AND DIM HER RADIANT LIGHT.  SURRENDER FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION TO THIS MAN AND IT WILL BE GONE FOREVER.  THIS GREAT AUDITORIUM WHERE ALL MAY SPEAK FROM THE DAIS WILL BE SHUT DOWN AND RAZED.

TRUE STORY.

NO SERIOUSLY!

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